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The 7 Best Sweet Vermouth Cocktails

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Much like the first Big Star record, sweet vermouth doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Without it, the cocktailing world would be lacking some of its greatest drinks. Do you want to live in a world without Manhattans? We don’t. Here, are our favorite classic cocktails to make with sweet vermouth.
 

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In this effortlessly delicious riff on a Manhattan, vermouth’s herbal sweetness balances out rich and smoky scotch. Use a blended whisky that has pronounced peat, and a vermouth that is velvety and rich like Antica Formula.

The Essentials

Scotch
Sweet Vermouth
Bitters
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A bittersweet symphony of effervescence, the Americano is the perfect lunchtime pick-me-up. Sweet vermouth not only tempers Campari’s bracing flavors, it also gives the cocktail depth and balance.

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
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Is it a Martini or a Manhattan? Who cares; it’s delicious. For the best results, use a sweet vermouth like Punt e Mes. The vermouth’s rich herbal notes highlight the botanicals in the gin and its bitter prowess provides a lasting kick that lingers after each sip.

The Essentials

Gin
Sweet Vermouth
Maraschino Liqueur
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This version of the Manhattan uses both sweet and dry vermouth. Dry vermouth amplifies the sweet vermouth’s herbaceous and vegetal qualities, while tempering its sweetness. Finished with Angostura and orange bitters, this stirred classic is nothing short of perfection.

The Essentials

rye
dry vermouth
sweet vermouth
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In this New Orleans staple, sweet vermouth serves as the glue that binds all the other ingredients together. Without the wine-based aperitif, this cocktail would be overly boozy chaos. We recommend using Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, which adds body and depth, and pairs perfectly with Benedictine’s strong herbal flavors.

The Essentials

Rye
Cognac
Sweet Vermouth
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What makes this cocktail so special is the strange amalgamation that occurs between sweet vermouth and Cherry Heering. The pairing balances orange juice’s bracing acidity, softens the scotch without diminishing it, and creates a refreshingly rich cocktail that can be enjoyed year round.

The Essentials

Scotch
Sweet Vermouth
Cherry Heering
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This cocktail put sweet vermouth on the map. Without the Negroni revival, perhaps vermouth (and amari) would have continued to gather dust on the back bar. Like its low-ABV cousin, the Americano, this cocktail is perfectly balanced. Without the vermouth this cocktail would be a flaccid, bitter mess.

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth

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